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Terminally ill boy gets wish to rock out with Pantera singer

Aug. 4, 2013 at 11:10 AM ET

When 13-year-old Peyton Arens, who is battling a rare form of terminal cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma, asked to have a particular dream fulfilled by the Make-A-Wish foundation, it wasn't your typical "I want to go to Disneyland" type request. 

The young man is a budding rock guitarist who idolizes Pantera singer Phil Anselmo, and just wanted to play with the heavy metal guitarist. 

And so it was: Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, on July 31 Arens took the stage at Philip H. Hanselmo & The Illegals' national tour kick-off show in Tulsa, Okla. He played "Walk," from Pantera's 1992 album "Vulgar Display of Power," and according to Anselmo's blog, the kid "had a blast tearing it up." 

Check out the performance, and if you want to learn more about Arens, here's a link to his web page. 


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